"Simply the best noise canceling headset period"4.5 starson by Macajuel
Pros: Headset stays securely in place
Stealth mode (bone conduction) works exceedingly well
7 - 8 hours of battery life
Voice prompts for headset status (battery life, pairing, etc)
Two microphones for excellent noise cancellation
Cons: Very expensive headset
Sensor settles deep in the ear canal and may be uncomfortable for some
Weird shape makes it incompatible with most headset carrying cases
Stealth button and On/Off slider are difficult to use while headset is worn
Summary: I was about to give up on Motorola as a reliable brand for bluetooth headsets till the HX1 came around. Having had 4 different headsets before this (2xHS850, H15, H700), I had had enough of the crappy battery life, poor sound quality, random disconnects and a myriad of other issues. The HX1 not only corrects all of these issues, but far surpasses my wildest expectations.
One of my biggest complaints with previous models, was the fact that they never quite seemed to fit securely in place; I always felt like with one false move, I'd lose my headset. This model does not have that problem at all as the combination of ear canal sensor and earloop configuration leads to a very secure fit that never ever feels shakey or loose. The unit even comes with 4 different inner ear loops that should fit most ear structures. Let me warn you though, the long bone sensor protrusion fits very deeply and directly into your ear canal. While this was not much of a problem for me, it might end up being rather uncomfortable for others especially when worn over extended periods of time.
Secondly, the battery life on this unit is astounding; my H15 was only ever good for two maybe three hours of talk time tops before needing to recharge and that was annoying especially on long road trips. The HX1 however easily manages seven to eight hours of talk time per charge and it only takes two hours or so to go from empty to a full charge. I travel across state lines almost weekly and this comes as a blessing to me not having to recharge the headset so often. Standby time seems to be great too as in one case I forgot the unit switch on one Friday afternoon only to return to it Monday morning to still find a full charge.
The crowning achievement of this headset has got to be the Stealth Mode. Stealth Mode is what Motorola is calling their bone conduction feature in this device. To get it to work as it should, always be sure that the little sensor nub at the end of your speaker is in constant contact with your ear canal (given how deep into your ear this goes in the first place, that shouldn't be too hard). To test this system, I found myself driving at 75 mph on open highway with all my windows open and the stereo turned up then engaged the Stealth Mode. The caller on the other end had no idea that my stereo was even on in the first place or that wind was hitting me dead in the face as they were able to hear my voice clearly. I had no problems hearing my caller either and nowadays, I get a kick out of listening to my car stereo while carrying on a phone conversation simultaneously. I will admit though that the stealth mode button is indeed a bit difficult to press while the unit is on your ear. It's a mild annoyance that is mitigated a bit by the fact that the mode disengages automatically when the call is ended. Even without stealth mode on, Motorola's Crystal Talk feature works well by utilizing the device's two microphones to effectively reduce ambient noise around you.
One final neat feature that I enjoy are the handy voice prompts. Previous Motorola units utilized a cryptic series of chirps and bleeps to convey headset status which I found annoying and very confusing. Nothing beats plain english though as the friendly headset will simply tell you what's going on:
"Pairing mode on"
"Battery level medium"
"Phone 1 connected", etc etc.
Speaking of which, this unit also has the handy dandy ability to pair with two phones simultaneously if you're into that sorta thing.
On the negative side, recognize that this is a somewhat expensive headset at $129 retail. I only paid $99 for mine but please be way of some folks on eBay who are offering these things for $30 to $40. Those could be rip offs and you'd end up very upset (you'd sorta get what you pay for). Also, as mentioned previously, the speaker boom on the HX1 fits very deeply into your ear canal and could be a major problem for some. Personally, after some time, I barely even realized that I had the headset on at times. Also as mentioned before, once the headset is worn, it becomes a mild annoyance to press the Stealth mode switch but the on/off slider in turn is nearly impossible to work. Lastly, this may be a little nitpicky but I wish Motorola would have thought to design a carrying case specifically for this unit. I cannot find any that fit due to the weird shape of the speaker boom. I really hate to leave the HX1 lying around with no protective covering.
All in all, I find this headset to be a very competent headset that packs in several compelling features, superior build quality, solid battery life and best in class noise cancellation into one neat little package. If you're in the market for a new bluetooth headset, I recommend that you give this one a try.